Davis Wins 7th Fairfax Scholarship

Pretty deserving, I’d say. We’ll be following on the #NextLevel.

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With his parents, Michael and Kimberly, to his right, and Northeast Florida wrestling official Pat Fairfax to his left, 2017 Fleming Island graduate Jason Davis is the 7th recipient of the Pat Fairfax Wrestling Scholarship, which provides a tuition stipend to a deserving wrestler in the Northeast Florida wrestling area. Davis won the 3A state title at 182 pounds for the Golden Eagles, their first championship at that level, in March and will wrestle for Southeastern University in Lakeland this winter (Photo submitted by Pat Fairfax via Facebook).

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#Schedules17-18: Wewahitchka Is In

Our fourth schedule for the consolidated North Florida coverage area, and first for the Northwest website, came in early this evening, as Wewahitchka became the first Gulf-side team to report for this year.

The Gators will open December with a visit to the Gulfside’s biggest December tournament, South Walton’s Border Wars, a roundrobin/IBT event, on December 1-2. The following weekend, their commute will be somewhat longer, as Wewa will come to Jacksonville and compete at the Westside Kiwanis IBT, hosted by Bishop Snyder on the 8th and 9th.

The Gators then will have their first duals event on December 16, going to Tallahassee for Chiles’ Timberwolf Duals, and will close out the month with a pre-New Year’s trip to Shreveport, Louisiana, for Evangel Christian Academy’s Eagle Invitational event on the 29th and 30th.

In January, Wewa will head out-of-state again, this time up the road to Birmingham, AL, for the Scott Rohrer Invitational (which has been a roundrobin in previous seasons) on January 5-6, and will then compete at Lincoln’s Trojan Invitational IBT event on the 13th.

Later in the month, the Gators will host their annual Gator Brawl, a roundrobin event on January 19-20. That event has 14 commits besides the host, most of those being Gulf- and Tallahassee-area teams. Wewa will then close out January with a two-day trip to North Bay Haven for the Buccaneers’ two-day dual tournament, which by all accounts is significantly upgraded over last year.

In February, Wewa will compete in Wakulla’s one-day invitational event. Two years ago, this was a roundrobin, but last year was a duals tournament. There are no FHSAA dual-tournament dates on this schedule, so things may be subject to some change going forward.

So now we have four teams in hand. Who’s NEXT?

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#Schedules17-18: Oakleaf Is In

By around a half-hour during my packing up and commute home today, Oakleaf was the first of two North Florida teams to send in their schedule, and third overall this season.

The Clay County Knights will open in traditional fashion, competing at the North Florida Duals, hosted by Bishop Snyder on December 2, a one-day duals event. After a Thursday dual at home on the 7th against Clay, Oakleaf will go back to Bishop Snyder for the Westside Kiwanis IBT event on December 8-9.

It will be a busy month for Oakleaf in December (and I suspect for a lot of teams), as the Knights will then travel, on the 15th and 16th, to Yulee for the Hornets’ two-day duals event, an event it is expanding from last year.

On December 20, Oakleaf hosts Matanzas for its Senior Night, and then will compete in two more events surrounding the holidays. On the 22nd and 23rd, 3A-District 1 will hold its duals tournament as part of the FHSAA’s dual state tournament, with Fleming Island hosting at the Clay County Fairgrounds. The Knights will close out December with an appearance at Gainesville’s two-day Category 5 Duals event on the 29th and 30th.

Aside from any possible FHSAA dual tournament appearances in January, Oakleaf will be at Bishop Kenny for a dual on January 5, and at Lincoln’s Trojan Invitational on the 13th. The Knights will then be at Creekside for a dual on the 24th, with their regular season concluding with a pair of IBTs — the Flagler Rotary at Palm Coast on January 26-27 and the Green Cove Springs Rotary at Clay on February 2-3.

We’ve got another team to summarize that I do know about, but now that we’re seeing some schedules I’m curious to see who’ll be NEXT.

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#LetsGoCamping: Frayer Camp at IWG

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Former Olympian and US World Team member Jared Frayer (center) demonstrates for campers who participated in last weekend’s camp event at IWG Wrestling Academy in Yulee (Photo submitted to Facebook by Stuart Ivey).

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Lincoln’s Crowder Receives FACA HOF Nod

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Lincoln wrestlers and coaches celebrate their 8th consecutive district title back in February at the Trojans’ gym (Photo submitted by Mike Crowder).

In a letter dated Thursday of this week (August 10), Lincoln wrestling coach Mike Crowder was notified that he and four other members, present or past, of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association had been selected to that body’s Hall of Fame.

Crowder will be inducted with the other four honorees at an induction ceremony and luncheon held at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort at noon on January 6, 2018.

Crowder’s Lincoln team has won eight consecutive district championships and regained its place atop the 2A-Region 1 table in late February of last season.

A list of the other four honorees for this year’s Hall of Fame class was not immediately available at press time.

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#NextLevel17-18: Reid Signing

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Ridgeview 2017 graduate Marcus Reid (front row, center) prepares Friday afternoon to sign his letter of intent to attend South Carolina’s Spartanburg Methodist College and wrestle for the Pioneers in the 2017-18 season. Next to Reid on the front row are his parents, Tracey and Marcus, Sr. Back row, from left, are new Ridgeview athletic director John Sgromolo, Panthers head coach Bryson Barker, Marcus’ brother Morris Reid, and Reid’s offseason coach, William Saunders (Photo submitted by William Saunders).

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#TeamSuperCam Update

I was both encouraged and disheartened by what I read here. Ultimately, I’m continuing to be impressed by the resilience the Browns are showing.

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/sports/preps/2017/08/04/cam-brown-fighting-cancer-family/104304500/

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